Thursday, March 03, 2011

Political and Intellectual Receptions of Schmitt

In 1989 Jürgen Habermas opined that Carl Schmitt was unlikely to have the same ‘power of contagion in the Anglo-Saxon world’ as had Nietzsche and Heidegger. [...] Two decades later, such predictions may appear naive. In fact, the trend has been reversed. [The Anglo-American Schmitt literature] either parades an authoritarian and part-time fascist thinker as a precursor and ally of the neo-conservative revolution, re-mobilizing Schmitt’s notion of the state of emergency and his concept of the political; or it reads him as a radical—even critical—voice against a world-historical conjuncture characterized by liberal imperialism that flattens all geopolitical enmities and differences. This dual reception has outflanked the Kantian liberal-cosmopolitan mainstream in a pincer movement.
from Benno Teschke's "Decisions and Indecisions"

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